Timber Company Land Offers Bear, Deer, Moose


Published: March - 1998

My ongoing research into hunting opportunities provided by private timber companies just keeps on paying off. Take what I just found in the state of Maine - namely, a consortium of timber companies and other landowners called North Maine Woods, Inc. The consortium controls and makes a concerted effort to manage about 2.8 million acres for outdoor recreation, including hunting for black bear, whitetail deer and moose. All that's required to take advantage of this hunting is to stop by one of several checkpoints set up along the thousands of miles of well-maintained logging roads. With hunting license in hand (and bear or moose tag in some cases - more on that in a moment), the only other thing you need to do is pay the checkpoint attendant a small user fee ($7 per day for non-residents) and let the attendant know where you will be hunting. You can also pay a $5.35 per day fee for camping if desired at this time.

Several of these checkpoints are on the Quebec and New Brunswick side of the US/Canada border, but most are within Maine. Depending on the weather, the checkpoints are open from early May through November, but once the checkpoints close for the year, hunters can access the region on their own or in the company of guides or outfitters without paying the user fee. The logging roads are still open after the checkpoints close, but caution is urged once winter sets in. Snowstorms in Maine can be dangerous if you are not properly equipped to ride them out.

It is best to familiarize yourself with the area before you head in. On the map, we're talking primarily about Aroostook County, as well as small sections of Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Despite the miles of logging roads there is still plenty of remote country here. Most of it is forest, pockmarked by hundreds of lakes and ponds and ribboned by thousands of miles of streams. Chamberlain Lake in the southern part of the region is the largest lake, and the major rivers are the Allagash and Saint........(continued)

 
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